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    Italy's ruling Christian Democrat Party elected a new leader on Saturday (26 July) after bitter feuding in the party.

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    Italy's ruling Christian Democrat Party elected a new leader on Saturday (26 July) after bitter feuding in the party.

    Benigno Zaccagnini, a 61-year-old paediatric surgeon, will take over from Amintore Fanfani who was ousted from the party last week. He begins his reign in the midst of the party's deepest crisis since the war.

    Shaken to its roots by the Communists' sweeping gains in last month's regional elections the party has been losing much support.

    A member of the party faction led by Prime Minister Aldo Moro, Zaccagnini is a devout Roman Catholic whose concern for social problems has dominated his work in Parliament.

    His political career began in 1945 when he became secretary of Ravenna's governing Liberation Committee. A parliamentary seat in the Bologna-Ravenna area followed in 1988. His chief distinction up to his election was, however, his chairmanship of the party's National Council.

    The favourite contended for the party leadership had been Flaminio Iccoli but left-wing opposition hardened against him.

    The 200-man National council was due to appoint Fanfani's successor in Rome on Thursday (24 July). But bitter feuding forced the matter to be held over until the following day.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9TWTN6XNTIWWRITOWH1UCDJT5
    Media URN:
    VLVA9TWTN6XNTIWWRITOWH1UCDJT5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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